Fountain Police Dept. completes first large-scale active shooter drill with multiple agencies

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Fountain first responders take part in active shooter exercise / Christina Dawidowicz -- FOX21 News

FOUNTAIN, Colo. — Several different law enforcement agencies and military police took part in a three-day active shooter exercise.

It’s the first large-scale drill and the first time all emergency services were included.

“You can train for the last two days, but when it’s game day and you’re standing out here, and I had my police sergeant respond who did a great job. But I could look at his face and he felt it was real,” said Chris Heberer, chief of police and public safety director for the Fountain Police Department.

It’s why police have to look at all recent shootings across the country and learn from them.

“When we look at Dallas, Orlando, several other incidents – the use of explosives devices or IEDs, today we incorporated those in the training scenario that we faced,” Heberer said.

Training was held at Welte Education Center with more than 40 volunteers.

“We’re evaluating what is our process, how can we support the PD, how can we account for students, how can we you know, make sure the school is locked down safely, make sure students are evacuated safely,” said Christy McGee, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 spokesperson.

It’s why police officials say trainings need to be kept as real as possible.

“Our plans have to be dynamic, and this is really where it comes down to training and leadership. ‘Cause at the end of the day the plan is not gonna survive. It’s gonna be different. And leaders on the ground, young leaders, have to be able to make decisions very rapidly to save lives. And that’s what we’re trying to train for,” Heberer said.

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